"Earth Hour is about Americans and people throughout the world standing up and saying 'climate change is real and we need to do something about it now'," said WWF President and CEO Carter Roberts. "From coast-to-coast, Americans provided strong affirmation that they are ready for the U.S. to be a leader in the green revolution."
In the United States, Earth Hour was observed in Washington D.C. and in all 50 states. Governors and State Legislators from 33 states,officially endorsed Earth Hour by turning off off lights at their residences and/or state capitol buildings. Those states include Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Notable U.S. landmarks that participated in Earth Hour 2010:
- Mount Rushmore in South Dakota
- Niagara Falls in New York
- Broadway Theater District in New York
- Las Vegas Strip in Nevada
- The Smithsonian Castle in Washington D.C.
- The Space Needle and Pikes Place Market sign in Seattle, Washington
- The Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, United Nations, Broadway Theatre marquees in NYC
- The Pylons at L.A. International Airport, Santa Monica Pier and Queen Mary Hotel in Los Angeles, California
- The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California
- Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Indianapolis, Indian
- Montezuma Castle in Arizona
- The Wrangler in Cheyenne, Wyoming
- Milwaukee Public Market in Wisconsin
- The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland
- Sears/Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois
Earth Hour helps bring public awareness to the issue of global warming. The campaign is just one step in an ongoing conversation and continual effort toward a more sustainable world. After participating in Earth Hour, WWF hopes that individuals, businesses, cities and states continue the dialogue, creating solutions that solve the climate crisis and lead to a healthier, more secure future.
More information about Earth Hour can be found at www.myearthhour.org
Written by Christine Nyholm